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Cooperatives, businesses and organisations of the Social and Solidarity Economy


Check out all the resources available to Social and Solidarity Economy cooperatives and enterprises for tackling the COVID-19 crisis: subsidies and other economic measures in the face of the global pandemic, legal-guidance and tax- and business-advice resources, online courses and training programmes for professionals and enterprises and other economic-revival resources in the city.

Financial aid

  • Barcelona Activa has boosted its Business Finance Service to help self-employed people, enterprises and organisations in search of the financial resources they need to deal with mid- or long-term cash-flow problems or funding needs. This service offers guidance in processing specific grants, subsidies and funding lines for the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • Cooperation with four of the SSE’s representative organisations (second level and above) in launching contingency initiatives and plans for dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on their associated organisations (over 2,000).

    Collaboration agreements will be established with direct subsidies (with an overall amount of 150,000 euros), for implementing contingency initiatives and plans that create resources and tools for tackling the effects of the emergency healthcare situation and for the economic recovery of social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations.
    These will have to be specific initiatives for supporting enterprises and organisations (training, guidance, consultancy, etc.,) focused on responding to the crisis situation, to contain, reactivate and consolidate projects.

    The agreements are with the organisation that groups together the entire area (Catalan Social Economy Association , AESCAT), the Catalan Federation of Work Cooperatives, the Catalan Federation of Housing Cooperatives, the Catalan Third Sector Confederation and the Solidarity Economy Network.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • An extra 400,000 euros (bringing the total credit line to 4 million euros) is being added to the public-cooperative credit fund with Coop57 and Fiare Banca Ètica. This measure is aimed at Barcelona’s social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations with liquidity needs, enabling them to respond to new needs that may arise from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and providing credit to projects which, for all their economic feasibility and socio-community interest, could have a greater risk of late payment.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Agreement including direct subsidies (45,000 euros in all) with Coòpolis, as the Barcelona Ateneu Cooperative management group for advising the city’s cooperatives on their socio-economic contingency and recovery plans, putting special emphasis on the area of care work and migrant projects (plus others such as the cultural project now being developed for inter-cooperative coordination) and ensuring all actions and programmes are complementary and properly coordinated.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Call for transformational economic initiatives (with a digital or platforming component) that gives priority to the food, care and cultural sectors.

    These initiatives will be supported by a matchfunding campaign, advice on digitisation that will facilitate the economic viability and guidance of key players under the match partnership model, following the logic of 5 helices (with civil society, the business sector, research, the public authorities and socio-economic transition taking part) and ecosystemic collective intelligence.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A set of resources to help shops and the restaurant industry take the plunge into the digital world. This new service includes the necessary advice to create a digitisation plan, access to a selection of training programmes with over 50 online courses and a set of grants.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has joined forces with the water companies supplying its 36 municipalities to offer a programme of financial subsidies to help SMEs and the self-employed pay their water bills and the metropolitan waste disposal tax (TMTR).

    The new discount package is aimed at companies with fewer than 50 workers and an annual turnover below 8 million euros, as well as at the self-employed.

    Families whose income has dropped because of the current crisis are also entitled to social discounts on water bills and the TMTR.

    Further information (CA)

  • Barcelona City Council has approved the terms of a new grant scheme for projects working against the feminisation of poverty - in other words, projects that aim to reduce poverty and precariousness among women - endowed with a total of €150,000 euros for 2020 and 2021. The measure is part of the social shock plan to combat the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, an emergency that has affected women more due to their more vulnerable starting point before the crisis.

    The aid for projects against the feminisation of poverty is in addition to the various support mechanisms for non-profit organisations already working against the effects of Covid-19. In relation to this, the City Council has put together an aid package with a €500,000 investment for those solidarity initiatives that have worked on food projects during Covid-19. These grants, which range from €10,000 to €12,000 in value, will be awarded to grassroots organisations in order to reach around forty organisations that have kept their food services in operation or launched new ones during the hardest times of the pandemic.

    At the same time, and with the aim of combating precariousness and facilitating empowerment, a new edition of the programme “Dones amunt” [“Women Up”] will take place between late 2020 and early 2021 with the creation of five new groups of women in the neighbourhoods of Ciutat Meridiana, Besòs, Roquetes, El Poble-sec and either El Raval or Trinitat Vella.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • In order to promote employment and business activity, Mercabarna has launched a €5,700 grant for food or flower companies that hire young people who have just graduated from state schools or unemployed professionals trained at Mercabarna.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The city’s general grants for 2021 include €1.6 million specifically for trade. There are three categories, which focus on commercial revitalisation, professional support and digitisation.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • Barcelona City Council is launching the Crea Feina [Create Jobs] programme through Barcelona Activa, providing financial aid for recruitment to reduce the costs your company faces when hiring new people and to promote jobs in the city.

    The Programme is offering businesses 5000 euros in financial aid to hire unemployed people who are registered Barcelona residents. The contracts must be for at least six months (or open-ended) and full time. Companies in the Metropolitan Area have up to 30 June 2021 to apply for this aid.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • Barcelona City Council has opened its fifth “Impulsem el que fas” [We promote what you do] call, through Barcelona Activa, for applications for subsidies to finance projects that boost the economy in Barcelona’s neighbourhoods and districts. The subsidies can cover up to 80% of a project’s total budget, with a maximum subsidy of 50,000 euros.

    Regional-based projects are being sought that boost entrepreneurship and enterprise, revitalisation of ground-floor commercial premises, socio-economic innovation, quality jobs, responsible and sustainable tourism, responsible consumption, sustainable agri-food models, creative industries and logistics with zero-emission vehicles.


  • If you want to work on a new business project, access Barcelona Activa's Entrepreneurial Services.

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  • Advice services for self-employed people, enterprises and organisations in the social and solidarity economy: setting up, funding, managing talent, transfers, internationalisation, digital transformation and so on.

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  • Queries on the shock plan are answered and local support can be offered through this form.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The intention of this guide was to create a document for analysing the problems specific to each type of cultural event or activity, in order to draw out a set of criteria enabling them to go ahead but adapted to the basic prevention and protection measures against the possible spread of COVID-19 infections.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A tailored guidance service for social and solidarity economy enterprises, in close collaboration with the SSE ecosystem’s services, operators and players and with specialist expert advice, for the resurgence of 350 enterprises. This includes groups for reactivating enterprises and organisations, a map of the SSE ecosystem's needs in collaboration with SSE players to set out joint initiatives, and an online notice board for enquiries and rapid responses.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Made-to-measure programme for business overhaul, recovery and reinvention, aimed at social and solidarity economy enterprises and initiatives badly hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It includes specific recovery programmes for the care, textile, cultural and collaborative-economy sectors.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Responsible Consumption Space is promoting a new consumption culture, one that is aware and committed to having a positive effect on the quality of people’s lives and the environment. During lockdown, the team joined the virtual world to show city residents how to take action and rethink their ways of living and consuming, and thereby return to a "new normal" that puts life at the centre.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Sports Office is a service provided by Barcelona City Council to the city's sports sector, through the Barcelona Institute of Sports, to provide that sector with free support for managing activities and projects.

    The service provides information, advice and training on employment, legal, accounting, communication and environmental matters, as well as on the various procedures of public authorities, such as grants, financial aid and submitting sealed tenders, among other things.

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  • Specialist advice for companies, self-employed individuals, start-ups, cooperatives, and organisations or associations linked to the city's sports sector, to inform them of the financial aid and resources made available to them by the City Council and other government bodies and institutions to mitigate the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the feasibility of their business or sports projects.

    The service will be provided by Barcelona Activa’s Business Support Office (OAE) through the Call Centre set up for this purpose, with telephone number: 900 533 175 (9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday)

  • A comprehensive advisory and support service for employment inclusion, aimed at companies with a future vision and commitments to employment inclusion. 

    The service is made up of a team of professional experts in the area of employment inclusion from the Barcelona Network for Employment Inclusion (XIB).

    The service offers the following:

    • Information on the social and corporate benefits of employment inclusion.
    • Support for individuals and companies with recruitment processes and in the workplace.
    • Information and advice on accessibility in the work environment.
    • Training initiatives for ensuring inclusion.

    You can contact the Inclou Futur service. 

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    Permanent service

  • A new online information service lists all the financial and support resources specially directed at micro-companies, SMEs, the self-employed and workers, the groups that are worst affected by the drop in turnover during the state of emergency. It also provides its service to any company, cooperative, organisation or association that requests it.

    The web portal includes a packet of services, actions and aid specifically designed to tackle this temporary period of uncertainty, lack of liquidity and general cessation of activity.

    The new service covers resources offered by the City Council, the Government of Catalonia and the Spanish Government

    Barcelona Activa information service (CA)

  • specialist unit has been launched to help self-employed people, micro-enterprises, SMEs and cooperatives obtain financial aid for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

    The new unit is coordinated from Barcelona Activa's Business Advice Office (OAE).

    The service analyses each business to ascertain its needs and what special aid it is eligible for. This aid includes grants from organisations such as the Official Credit Institute (ICO), the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) and the financial facilities available from banks.

    The businesses most likely to use this support service are expected to be those relating to trade, tourism and the creative industries, among others.

    This new measure is in addition to the service which provides advice and information on other non-exclusive financial aid from other public bodies.

    Barcelona Activa

    Latest update 05/05/2020

  • Every week, Barcelona Activa’s FAQs Activa Live initiative answers  questions on employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship  causing the most concern during these uncertain times, given the change of economic and employment paradigm.

    The sessions will be held live and broadcast every Thursday, at 5 pm, on the Instagram Live channel.  Anyone connecting to them will be able to sort out their queries and direct their questions to an expert from Barcelona Activa.

    Each session’s issues will be announced in advance on Barcelona Activa’s social networks and other digital channels. Questions will be gathered a few days before the sessions, from Instagram Stories.

    The questions put will be answered by an expert during the broadcast. This will be immediately followed by questions to those who are connected to the session. Once the live broadcast has ended, it will be edited for its highlights and made accessible from Barcelona Activa's YouTube channel.

    Barcelona Activa's Activa Live FAQs

    Latest update 22/05/2020

  • Personalised support for small enterprises, startups, self-employed workers, social- and solidarity-economy shops and organisations in defining a strategic business plan that enables the acceleration of their financial recovery in a post-COVID-19 context.

    Last updated: 23/07/2020

  • We have launched a new edition of the “Road to Strength” programme for social and solidarity economy organisations run and led by women or with a commitment to training women for positions of responsibility. Includes training and support.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • As part of the “RedrESSing textile” programme, we are promoting a new advice service to draw up a tailored work plan for textile initiatives with a social and solidarity economy approach. Furthermore, we provide a support service for community sewing groups.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • Through Barcelona Activa, we are strengthening our city’s care sector and fostering cooperation between its players. We provide technical support in the fields of communication and marketing, internal organisation, business model and financial viability.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • We have designed a programme to help social and solidarity economy organisations deal with the effects of Covid-19. We provide them with support in fields such as service design, internal organisation, marketing and digitisation, among others.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • We get closer to your business in order to advise you. Through Barcelona Activa, we help you design a new business strategy to put your business on the right path, adopt new marketing models or develop new formulas to increase demand.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • InnoBa is offering support for launching socio-economic projects in the social and solidarity economy. The service will provide advice on, among other things: generating ideas, legislation, taxation, communication, funding, organisation and team management, as well as support in preparing business plans.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • The Technology Park is offering this service to provide strategic and flexible support for companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of the prototyping process.

    Ask for the service if you need support or guidance on:

    • Strategy, support and tools for business prototyping plans
    • Using the Technology Park’s digital manufacturing tools

    Further information

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • Expert support and assistance service offering young people aged between 16 and 35 work guidance and tools to help with their job hunting and employability.

    Last updated: 2/3/2021


  • Barcelona Activa has launched a Virtual Classroom to bring training in streaming to every household. Choose the subject that interests you most and access the available courses.

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  • In order to narrow the digital gap, Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, has launched various lines of action in the area of technological training.

    • Shift to online training during the Covid-19 crisis, through the use of Virtual Classrooms, in order to ensure knowledge of the necessary technological skills to deal with the current situation.
    • Prioritising on-site training, when circumstances permit, for those groups who do not have access to Internet.
    • Inclusion of IT literacy in all employment programmes, given its relevance to job seeking.
    • Introduction of free courses, workshops and master classes in ICT training at the Cibernàrium, for beginners, advanced and specialised levels. Find out more here.


    Last updated: 18/08/2020


  • The rescheduling calendar for festivals and big events has been created in response to requests for information from the various players organising cultural activities in the city. This is a live document subject to possible changes, depending on how the current context develops.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Barcelona City Council will be turning the ground floor premises at the Palau de la Virreina (Rambla, 99), where the Rambles Ticket Office is located, into the new Citizen Culture Office, a new reception space for providing support and offering advice to the city’s cultural fabric.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Institute of Culture has launched a new website portal where information can be found on the measures that the City Council and other authorities have taken in support of the cultural sector. Moreover, this portal, will provide information on the reorganisation of the city’s cultural events calendar.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • As a result of the current situation, the Barcelona ESS 2030 Strategy has also become a reactivation and strengthening action for the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). This is a consensus document that prioritises the key lines of action and activity sectors for the city, with a view to the next ten years. The strategy aims to strengthen and expand the city's SSE fabric and, in light of the pandemic's consequences, it gears the economic recovery towards the common good, the collective dimension and solidarity. For all of those reasons, the companies, organisation and initiatives that have signed the document will use it as an inspiration for formulating their working plans and for jointly contributing to the socio-economic development of the city and its residents.

    Last updated: 05/08/2020

  • With the aim of providing the general public with incentives for cultural consumption, Barcelona City Council is launching its Culture Bonus, valid in all cultural establishments and venues in Barcelona that are members of the scheme, for the purchase of books and tickets for the cinema, theatrical shows and concerts.

    The Culture Bonus is worth €40. The customer pays €30 [+€1 for management cost] and Barcelona City Council adds €10 more.

    Last updated: 08/07/2020

  • Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, has injected €6 million into a plan to boost employment in the city in order to combat the impact of the pandemic, protect employment and encourage the creation of quality jobs, immediately and as an extraordinary measure. The shock plan includes a €4.2 million endowment from a Covid fund to deal with the pandemic and €1.8 million to be allocated to extraordinary employment plans to help achieve the city’s social and economic recovery.

    The lines of action for the short term or for 2020, which are carried out by the CECORE Economic Response Coordination Centre, are:

    • A new set of recruitment grants for new contracts of at least six months duration.
    • Online professional technical training actions for workers in traditional sectors adapted to new digital jobs, which have better employability and job creation prospects.
    • A Youth Employment Shock Plan, with a package of measures to help young people join the world of work, including mentoring actions and tailor-made training, reinforcing projects planned with the Catalonia Employment Service.
    • Recruitment by the public administration of people who are unemployed and have special difficulties.
    • Holding a trade fair in September to reactivate employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
    • Activation of projects for support and the reactivation of the local economy in neighbourhoods and districts, with grants of up to 80% of the project.


    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • The Neighbourhood Plan has adapted the various programmes in the neighbourhoods in which it is being implemented to provide a comprehensive response to the crisis caused by Covid-19. The various actions being carried out have been fundamentally redirected in their response to socio-economic, education, leisure and digital skills acquisition problems as well as those relating to the provision of care in the family.

    Under the socio-economic plan, this July the Neighbourhood Plan will deploy up to seven offices in total to help local residents apply for the various grants specifically made available to address the socio-economic crisis caused by Covid-19. The initiative is aimed at local residents of the areas in which the action is being carried out who have seen their financial situation worsen due to Covid-19, which has hit the city’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods hardest.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • Barcelona City Council has announced the Agreement for Barcelona, a new tool for making the most of the city’s potential to overcome the Covid-19 crisis and provide a new boost for the city in agreement with the agents of the city’s economic, social, education, cultural, sporting and scientific sectors, and with a metropolitan perspective.

    The Agreement is a collective commitment and proposal to help find a positive way out of the crisis above all other considerations, working more intensively and together in relation to the main priorities that should help us advance towards Barcelona’s economic and social recovery in the next eighteen months while continuing to carry out the necessary transformations towards environmental sustainability.

    Ten Main Goals

    The Agreement for Barcelona includes ten goals on which the great pacts to give a boost to the city are to be built. They are as follows:


    • To reactivate and strengthen Barcelona’s production and commercial sectors ​​as the main elements for revitalising the economy and the creation of jobs.
    • To commit to resilient and innovative economic sectors, supporting diversification, thanks to the acceleration of the city’s digital transformation and technological capacity.
    • To boost community action by reinforcing social services and constructing them together with entities and the social fabric, in order to address the crisis and the new vulnerabilities that have now been added to existing inequalities, with a commitment to the role of care in our society.
    • To turn housing into an economic, social and environmental response to the crisis.
    • To strengthen the city’s healthcare and biomedical system, helping improve the public’s health and consolidate Barcelona as a safe and advanced city that is a leader in the provision of healthcare.
    • To make progress towards a new urban model with a more local basis, giving new impetus to sustainable mobility, renaturalisation and the reduction of emissions, and reasserting the commitment to address the climate emergency.
    • To make a commitment to build an education system and an education network in which equal opportunities are guaranteed and that constitute the basic tool for ensuring social equity. To boost the city’s science capital and its value for the definition of future strategies, and to consolidate Barcelona as a research centre.
    • To promote access to culture by strengthening the city’s cultural and creative capital as Barcelona’s first-class heritage, a factor for cohesion and international visibility. To guarantee universal access to sport for all citizens as a tool for health and the creation of association networks.
    • To reactivate the city as a high-quality, safe and sustainable urban tourist destination and a centre of professional exchange and talent recruitment and retention.
    • To consolidate Barcelona’s active role in the international arena, committing to city networks, cooperation and multilateralism.


    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • Barcelona City Council is going to set up an integrated mechanism for seeking and capturing some of the European Funds announced under the European Reconstruction Funds framework. Its aim is to submit projects that will enable the city to make further progress in the ecological transition, the digital transition and economic promotion by actively influencing job creation and the city’s economic and social revival.

    In other words, the Council is going to start up a Joint Office led by the economic and international areas that will have the task of identifying funds as well as supporting the certification and presentation processes of city projects that could be eligible for European Reconstruction Fund funding.

    Last updated: 29/07/2020

  • This is a search tool (currently under construction) to find companies and organisations from the social economy and foster social purchasing in the context of the decree on sustainable procurement by Barcelona City Council. The directory is based on information on companies from the social economy which is available on official registers, as well as information from secondary organisations.

    Last updated: 10/08/2020

  • Barcelona Activa has launched a new website to provide easier access to all its services to anyone looking for work or training or wishing to start a new business or give new momentum to an existing one.

    In addition, it has updated the “Work” page, a space dedicated to providing guidance to people who are looking for work or a career change in relation to all the resources, programmes and services that are best suited to their needs.

    Last updated: 31/12/2020

  • Under the "RedrESSing textile” programme, we have scheduled a number of specialist training sessions for textile industry initiatives. The sessions focus, among other things, on sustainability and specific technical training in the generation of textile products.

    Last updated: 31/12/2020

  • We provide students with training and support to help them acquire practical and experience-based training on the key elements to be taken into account in the creation and management of a cooperative in relation to faculty intervention.

    Last updated:31/12/2020


  • Barcelona City Council has decided to change the payment dates for taxes, rates and public-sector charges making up municipal tax measures. Payment deadlines are being postponed to help to lighten economic burdens in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The City Council has eased the conditions and time limits for subsidies to be awarded, the goal being to streamline payment periods and speed up the injection of liquidity for companies, organisations and the self-employed which benefit from them.

    The priority is to optimise feasibility so that subsidised activities can be carried out.

    The measures include bringing forward payments to before the period for challenges and amendments in the general call, subsidising certain overheads even if the object of the subsidy has not been carried out or increasing the value of the subsidy in exceptional cases from the usual maximum of 50% to 80%.

    With regard to the justification of subsidies, the deadline is also being extended until 30 September 2020.

    Approval will also now be possible for new subsidy calls for situations strictly linked to the state of emergency for Covid-19. In these cases, time limits will not be suspended.

    Further information (CA)

    Latest update 24/04/2020

  • Given the serious financial difficulties being experienced by businesses and the self-employed due to Covid-19, Barcelona City Council has reduced the time it takes to pay invoices received in March and April. These invoices will now be paid twenty days after they were presented via the official registry.

    The purpose of this measure is to provide municipal suppliers with maximum liquidity in as little time as possible, to ensure maximum business survival.

    In all, 1,921 invoices have been paid with a total value of €45,102,176.

    Further information (ES)

    Latest updated 05/05/2020

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